The Denver Broncos offense has had plenty of positives through the first four games and plenty of negatives. The biggest concern is falling into another ‘trap game’ against the New York Giants like they did against the Buffalo Bills in Week 3.
“At the time, I couldn’t really notice anything or feel anything,” Quarterback Trevor Siemian said of the week leading up to the loss to the Bills. “But, going into the game especially, we were alright early on, then we kind of hit a lull in that game for whatever reason. I can’t really say. VJ [Vance Joseph] probably has a better handle on that than I do. I feel like we’re in a good spot. I feel like we’re ready to go, as of now.”
That has been the big negative for the Broncos this year. Their play late in games, especially from Siemian himself. There is no team in the NFL worse in the fourth quarter when it comes to moving the football.
Couple that with a very poor ranking in the red zone over the last two games and you have a recipe for some low-scoring games and a loss.
“There’s like two or three plays that if you make, you score touchdowns and nobody is talking about the red zone,” Siemian said of their play in the red zone. “It was such a small sample size, that it’s easy to talk about it a lot, but who knows? I don’t think that’s where we’ll be by the end of the year. The first two weeks, I thought we were really good in the red zone, then struggled the last two. I think we’re in a good spot. But once those opportunities come up, there are a handful of plays that you have to get in the end zone.”
Clearly, Siemian is hoping to recapture some of the successes he and the offense enjoyed in the first two games. That is the potential of this offense that can clearly be seen in a side-by-side comparison of Trevor’s stats in those four games.
Trevor Siemian stats (weeks 1-4)
The difference between the first two weeks and the last two weeks can be traced back to the two areas Siemian and the Broncos have struggled the most. Third downs late in games and red zone conversions.
Trevor Siemian feels good with where they are at, which means Mike McCoy and the coaching staff must have emphasized this area greatly during the bye week. Hopefully this means the offense will recapture some of that offensive potency from the first two weeks of the season.